“Each contributes in his own way”
After a year of volunteering at the IDF Etzion Regional Brigade base, students in the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Program for young men with special needs were each presented with a framed certificate, thanking them for their dedicated service to the State of Israel.
Naftali Stuben was presented with the “Outstanding Soldier” award by Col. David Shapira, commander of the base. “The IDF is a People’s Army; it’s an integral part of Israeli life and society,” said Shapira. “Every single person has what to contribute, and each contributes in his own way. That’s what fuels Israel and makes this country so special, and that is why it is important to us at the Etzion base to be an inclusive and accessible community,” he declared.
“Our students don IDF uniforms every other week and provide crucial support to the Etzion base by unloading deliveries and preparing food, sorting and organizing uniforms, helping with general base upkeep, and organizing ammunition and weapons,” reports Avi Ganz, director of Darkaynu’s program for men. “In Tehillim in says that the world is built through kindness; our students give of themselves to society because everyone has something to contribute in bettering the world.
“At the same time,” says Ganz, “the volunteer opportunity also provides our students with an opportunity to develop life skills, connect with the community at large, and experience the satisfaction and enjoyment that come with the ability to be like everyone else.”